After over a year hiatus I was finally motivated to bring out the worktable and begin painting again when I received some masters for the upcoming HaT 1/32 scale 7YW and Napoleonic masters.
First shot, the 7YW Austrian Command, mounted officer. This was the first shot I took of him, he looked great with my naked eye - even under the magnifier, boy, nothing like high definition digital photos to show your mistakes. But I liked the eyes on the guy, I love the expression they give him. I'm kind of reminded of Major Pitcairn at Lexington. The horse I got from a bag of ESCI 1/32 scale British knockoffs with Scot's Grays I thought the horses would go well with the era and the white would make good Lipizzaners.
I'm still not totally happy with the pictures - they seem to look a lot better in person but I wanted to give folks a look at the figures before they come out.
That was just a preliminary shot. So I went back and repainted the guy and found a horse with more suitable saddlery.
And finally the all-important comparison shots with other companies' output. One of my top criteria in buying a set is whether or not a given set will blend with what's already out there. I'm tolerant of minor variations in height (after all, folks come in all shapes and sizes) if they're not too far off (weapons are key - folks are different sizes, rifles are not). Style is another - but that's according to taste. So, looking at the new figures upside of what is already out there in the period is important to me.
Here's HaT's Grenadier between CTS' ACW Infantry (North and South) and Barzso/LOD ARW Continental and British Infantry
Lest we forget- some older shots reposted for reference:
AIP's 7YW French lean a bit more to 60mm or 1/30 scale and are larger than most mid-to late 18th Century figures in the scale. But IMHO they remain one of that company's finest offerings so I use them. I just keep them a bit apart from the smaller guys.
THE vital shot, I think - how do they stack up against HaT's own Prussians?
This shot almost makes me flash back to Basic Training. Put those two guys in green and put a "Smokey the Bear" hat on the Prussian...
With the "new" 1/32 scale:
This is against Expeditionary Force's 1812 Militia - these are more 60mm. I haven't gotten any of their Napoleonics yet (intend to one day) so I'm not sure whether they're 54mm or 60mm. It depends on the series of figures.
I hope this helps. I was very impressed with these guys and am looking forward to their final release so I can get some more.
LOL; My first impression is that they are well compatible with many of the products out there and kind of "bridge the gap" sizewise between the various sets out there. Since the 1990s when Conte Collectibles introduce the "large" 1/32 scale one has to keep in mind which side of the 1/32 "fence" a set falls on and whether they are compatible with the figures you want to put them with. As the pictures show, HaT has managed to fit in reasonably well with both types he of figures. Even more, they fit in with other HaT 1/32 scale offerings (and I have all of their 18th & 19th C. offerings, even if they're not painted or photographed yet). I think the comparison shots say more than words.
As far as plastic. Now these are test shots, but I like the plastic they come in - kind of mid-point between the soft stuff I don't mind but everyone else seemed to hate and the stiff, almost brittle plastic modelers and painters love but I hate (what can I say? Square peg in round hole?). This isn't fragile, but isn't so soft you're going to have problems keeping weapons straight.
As to detail, well, I think the pictures speak for that. I was trying to let the sculpting speak for itself while doing as good a job to present them favorably, while at the same time give them a "weathered" look; "five o'clock shadow" on some of the faces, I tried to avoid blank white on the uniforms and let the sculpted creases and fold show naturally instead of highlighting them with a wash - as I was tempted to do. I think it is possible to get great animation from the faces from the sculpts without having to "paint the faces" - which I have had to do on some sculpts from other producers.
Final thoughts: I like these guys. One can build a nice army with them without having to mortgage your house. I am very pleased with these and hope to buy several boxes of each when they come out, at least enough for a decent formation in each of the poses.